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The fire fly only shims when on the
wing; so it is with the mind — when we
rest we darken. —Bailey.
TUESDAY, APRIL. 15, 1913.
HARBOR HOME RULE
Municip.nl home rule for San Fran
cisco's harbor is a live It is an
economic, a commercial issue, vitally
related to the development and pros
perity of San Francisco. It is not a
political issue. It can not be deter
mined on political lines.
San Francisco's demand for munici
pal home rule of its harbor involves
nothing but a plea for the right to
compete on fair terms with the other
harbors of California —a plea for
The legislature of 1911 conceded the
right of harbor home rule to San
DiegO; Los Angeles. Long Beach and
Oakland. It denied that right to San
The legislature of 1913 has con
ceded, or is about to concede, the
same right to virtually all the remain
ing California ports except San Fran
The cities granted harbor home
rule by the legislature of 1911 have
authorized and floated big bond i>sue-.
They are prosecuting ambitious plans
for harbor improvements designed to
malft them handicap competitors with
San Francisco for the new trade in
evitably consequent upon the com
pletion of the Panama canal.
Every home rule harbor city, by
grace of the 1911 legislature, and
every community receiving similar
grants from the legislature of 1913
may operate free harbor?. A free
harbor is admittedly the goal of every
<-no of them.
The competition of free harbors is
not the greatest handicap San Fran
cisco must labor under until such time
as the legislature will concede it the
rights it has cheerfully given other
California ports. Its greatest handi
cap is to be found in the state control
In fairness there should be no dis
position to belittle the efforts of the
San Francisco harbor commission.
Undoubtedly it has done its best—is
doing all it can do under the existing
The harbor commission has built
some good wharves - . It has others
equally good under way. It is not
contended that the state commission
has any hope of completing harbor
improvements which will enable San
Francisco to handle its natural pro
portion of the new Panama canal
trade or cope with the abnormal in
crease of business in 1915 incident to
the Panama-Pacific exposition.
That inyolves no criticism of the
harbor commission. It has no such
hopes because it has nothing to found
them upon. The state harbor com
mission can secure funds , for harbor
improvements only from the proceed o
of bonds authorized by the people of
the state. The bonds have been
authorized. Indeed, they were au
thorized several years ago, but they
And there is the chief vice of state
control of San Francisco's harbor.
Subsequent to the authorization of
the $9,000,000 San Francisco harbor
bonds four California cities were
granted harbor home rule. They au
thorized bonded debts. They have
sold their bonds. They are complet
ing their harbor improvements.
I-.vcry attempt to float the state
bonda tor the San Francisco harbor
at public sale has failed. The credit
of the state means nothing to invest
ors who can realize larger profits on
the equally good credit of California
Los Angeles and Oakland have had
no difficulty in selling their harbor
bonds. They are hastening their
harbor copstruction. They are bid
ding for trade. Their bids are based
on the superior accommodations they
purpose to afford that trade.
Even the slow progress made by
tire San Francisco harbor commission
on its plans has been contingent
upon the state's ability to purchase a
few of the state harbor bonds with
other state funds.
San Francisco has no quarrel with
the efforts of other cities to develop
their harbors. This city can not be
heard to complain against fair com
petition. San Francisco does com
plaift of a situation which involves an
nnjiatural handicap upon its develop
ment and prosperity. That is not
lolitics. It is business. San Fran
-i«co will not be content until its best*
ne«s problem is settled on a fair
WAR ON THE MOSQUITO
The citizens of Hillsborough,, San
!\fateo and Burlingame are entitled fee
;he thanks of the people of California
f or their fight against the mosquito
Their plans involve the construction
>f 15 miles of ditch and the expendi
ture of several thousands of dollars
on crude oil ammunition for a war of
extermination and prevention.
While the residents of those com
munities will derive the first and most
Measurable benefits from their fight,
the public has a direct interest in their
Medical authorities seem to be fairly
agreed that the mosquito is one of the
chief distributing agencies for direful
disease. California has not suffered
from the activities of the yellow fever
mosquito, but some of its communi
ties have paid heavy toll to his ty
The commercial values of the kind
of fight the people of San Mateo
county purpose to make have been
amply demonstrated in the east.
Along the Atlantic sea coast the
mosquito pest has been an effectual
bar to the development of many other
wise especially desirablF localities.
Intelligent and comparatively inex
pensive prevention campaigns have
removed that bar and permitted the
development of several beauty spots
in Xew Jersey.
In San Mateo county the mosquito
has ever been regarded merely as a
pest rather than a menace. His exter
mination can not fail to benefit the
communities interested in the present
campaign. Besides conducing to their
own comfort, the success of the people
of San Mateo can not fail to be an
incentive to other communities in both
northern and southern California.
ROOM FOR ONLY ONE FLAG
Right thinking men, citizens and
aliens, will give quick approval to the
naturalization policy adopted by
United States District Judge Cushman
of the Seattle district.
In passing upon applications for
admission to citizenship recently,
Judge Cushman interrogated each
applicant closely as to his affiliations
with or sympathies for such organiza
tions as the I. \Y. W.
In one the answers of the
applicant did not carry conviction.
The court took the application under
advisement for one month.
The attitude of the court is right
eous. Admission to American citizen
ship is sought both as a boon and as
a privilege. It involves concession by
the American people of the right to
participate in the performance of their
duties to themselves and their gov
Sympathy with American institu
tions, capacity and willingness to
redeem the duties of American citi
zenship must be essential prerequi
sites - for admission to that citizenship.
No man who does not believe in
the essentials of our form of govern
ment, who does not believe in the
rule of law, has any claim upon the
fellowship of American citizens. It is
the duty of every American citizen
and of his courts to deny that fellow
ship to the unfit.
In this country there is room for
but one flag, the stars and stripes;
room only for those men and women
who will exalt that flag, who will be
true to what it represents. The judge
who denies admission to all others
serves his - country well.
Corporations may be soulless, but not
always without a sense of humor. The
Southern Pacific has offered to permit
the government to buy the oil lands
which the government contends the
railroad took from it by fraud.
The 111 year old author of that sans
wine, women and song longevity pre
scription has an edge on Doctor Frled
mann. There Is no danger that the ef
ficacy of his discovery will be disproved
by popular test.
The Chicago vice commission has
made one strong bid for popular ap
proval. It has decided that cubist art
An American captain may prove him
■elf a hero by risking his life to save
a Mexican general, but that's no way
to become a popular candidate for dis
tinguished service decoration.
The violet Is only an added starter in
the modesty handicap. Governor Poss
of Massachusetts, serving his third
term, says the man who seeks office Is
the one who doesn't get It.
I SHEAR NONSENSE |
."Have you a striking Ideal for your
"I should say so," replied the busy
author. "We've got up a cover design
that will make everything else on the
newsstand look like a bunch of with
ered turnip tops In comparison."—
r 'lara—"My only hope is that she and
I will never meet again, either here or
Maud—"Wouldn't you associate with
her if you met her in heaven?"
f'lara (passionately)—' Never, I'd die
"Did your rich uncle mention you in
ills will? ,,
"Not at all. He specifically mentioned
the fact that I was not to be given a
dollar of his' money."—Detroit Free
Mips Fawn Lipplncut has th' ole
skillet her mother broke up
housekeepin' with. Ever , dog has
his day, but th' feller that pays his
bills is allus poplar.
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL. TUESDAY, APRIL ir>. 1913.
To his friends In the commuter army,
it would seem that W. W. Richards'
ability to tell a good fish story is likely
to get him into trouble. As a fisherman
Richards is accepted by all good sports
men as a member of the brotherhood in
good standing. Hβ respects the law,
and it is not safe to doubt the most ex
travagant of his fish stories for the
reason that he is an amateur photog
rapher of ekill and daring and makes
it a rule, when he kills a fish of phe
nomenal size, to take its picture just
before he lands it.
Tie returned the other day from a
filing trip. With his wife he visited
Boulder creek, and both of them, ac
cording to Richards* enthusiastio ac
count of the sport, caught limit bas
kets. If he had stopped there all would
have been well. His skill is acknowl
edged and, as the season is etill young,
there is no reason, beyond the fact that
he is a fisherman, to doubt his word.
But Richards has to go into details.
Four of the trout he caught one day,
he explained with dancing eyes,
weighed more than eight pounds
apiece. The limit, as his friends read
the law, is either 60 flfih aggregating
not more than 10 pounds in weight or |
10 pounds and one fish.
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Jack "VTalker, who is one of the can
didates at the coming election in Ala
tneda, is in trouble. He was brought
up to respect the admonition VLadies'
first." One of the candidates opposed
to him is a woman. He would give
her his seat in a crowded streetcar
willingly. His early training would
not allow him to retain it under such
circumstances, but he does not want
to give her his seat in the council. He
has asked his commuter friends to ad
vise him in the matter. They have
passed his request up to me and I am
passing it along, in the hope that some
body will offer a suggestion as to how
Waiker can beat a lady and still be a
This little incident is related as an
expression of appreciation to a fair un
known for her action in publicly call
ing attention to the value of these ferry
tales in everyday life.
It is a sort of sequel to the story
of the army officers who lost their only
gold piece down a Market street gut
ter grating and recovered,,it with the
aid of a billiard cue and a wad of
It happened on a crowded streetcar.
A passenger, lacking , any smaller coin,
tendered a $."> gold piece in payment of
his fare. The conductor was very nice
about it. but just a bit clumsy, and
after he had passed over the change
he dropped the gold piece on the floor
of the car. It rolled under a seat and
into a crevice that ■was too narrow to
admit the carman's lingers. He tried
to dig it out with his knife, but the
colli fettled farther back In its retreat.
He had exhausted his resources when
the aforesaid fair unknown, who had
been watching the struggle with inter
"If you hod been reading thp ferry
tales in Call you rou ld tret that out
in a Jiffy. If you will give me a pencil
and then gf't a piece of chewing gum
I'll show you how.to do it."
It worked Jusrt as well with the pen
cil as it had with the billiard cue. The
moral of this story is obvious: Itead
the ferry tales.
This happened in front of the ferry
building-. A pedestrian crossing East
"street was almost run down by a two
horse dray. The warning to "Get out
of the •way," bawled at him by the
teamster as he pulled up his hors-es,
would have startled most men *nto
Jumping. The pedestrian stopped,
looked up at the rearing horses and
bellowing teamster, took a cigar from
his pocket and, walking around to the
side of the Juggernaut, handed it to
"All right, old man, have a smoke,"
The teamster snatched the cigar
rather rudely, but stopped swearing
long enough to put it in his mouth and
"You'd oughter look where you're
goin'," was his only acknowledgment
of the peace offering.
"Excuse me, sir," said ■ bystander
who had witnessed the Incident, "you
are a remarkable man. That teamster
insulted you most grossly. You should
not have given him that cigar."
"That's all right," the pedestrian re
plied. "He's welcome to the cigar. It'll
explode in just about three minutes"
His Collection of Souvenirs
♦ —■ ♦
BEST SINGER —8., City. There can b« nej
comparison of Oarnso and Tamagno as to which
Is the better singer. One is a dramatic, the
other a lyric tenor.
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HOLTMIER— J. T>. H., city. The name "Holt
mier" does not appear In tlie available list of
millionaires of the L'nited States or of Meilco.
* * *
CANART—Mrs. 1.., City. If your canary
mnpp.s all day, you should hare the bird treated
Jhy a bird fancier. It is probably suffering from
jan intestinal trouble.
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MANHATTAN ISLAND—W, 8. If.. City. The
area of Manhaft.au Island, Now York, is 22
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SHOES—E. W\, City. Those who want to use
shoes for "hiking for a long distance" neuaily
use neatsfoot oil to "rub In" for several days In
succession before starting out on the hike.
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WINNING A. PRlZE—Subscriber, SausaUto.
The '"rule of the game" Is that wb.oeoe.ver wine
the game 1s entitled to the priue, but when a
hostess, who has offered the prlr» at a game
of whist, or the like, wins it, she generally de
clines to accept it and passes it to the one
who made the next best score.
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POSTAGE STAMP—Subecrlher, Berkeley, It
is bad form to inclose a postage stamp in a
lrtter calling for a reply, for the reason that
it may drop to the floor In the opening of the
envelope and letter, or It may stick to the
paper and canee the recipient trouble and loss
of time to get It off. A correspondent who de
sires a reply should inclose a self-addressed,
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MIDAS TOUCH— J. 8., City. The legend of
Qμ "Midas touch" is that Midas, king of
Phrygla, requested the gods to have everything
he touched turned to gold. His reqne.-t was
granted, but. as his food became gold the mo
ment he tonctied It, lie prayed the gods to take
back their favor. They ordered him to bathe
In the Pactohis, and the river every after rolled
over golden sands.
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VISIT TO EMPEROR—Snbsrriber, City. It
was on December 4, IW7, that W. H. Taft. then
secretary of war, paid a visit to Emperor
Nicholas of Russia at St. Petersburg.
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LAXOTWr.E:—r. H. R.. Berkeley. The com
mon belief is that the Italian language is the
softest, but there ere many scholars who hold
that the Turkish is the softest and most musi
cal of all modern languages, being better
adapted to musical notation ami recitative than
even the Italian.
PASSION FLOWER—F. M. G . fUr Tlie
reason that a certain flower In raited "the pas
sion flower" Is because the leaf symbolizes the
spear; the five miMicr-i i he flve wound*; the ten
drils, tli? cord* or whips; tin , column of the
ovary, tho pillars of tlt• ■ cross; the stainous,
th* hammers; tlir> Hrree styles, the three nails;
the , fleshy threads within the Bower, the crown
of thorns: the calyx, tho plory of nimbus; the
white tint, purity, and the blue tint, heaven.
RELIGION— Subscriber, Oakland. This tf
partnifiit Will not answer questions as to the
religious belief of any persoD.
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KASTKH I>ATK—M. M. S.. Tulare. The date
<;f Kaster Sundny. the great movable feast, is
determined by the full moon. At th<? cwneU
of Nice it was decided that the first Sunday
after tlio fiill moon occurring on or after the
-Ist of Kerch shonld be observed as Easter Sun
day. If the first full moon after that date
falls on a Sunday, tbea the nucceedlng Sunday
is designated as Easter Fiinday.
FOR NERVOUS BRIDES
"The flower for the Easter bride's
bouquet is the orchid." said a florist.
"It is not*alone the orchids beauty that
makes it the bride's flower par excel
lence—it ie above all its lack of scent.
"Brides, you know, are very nervous.
Well, when one is very ner\»ou3, per
fume Is likely to make one faint. The
perfume of violets and orange blos
soms and lilies In bridal bouquets has
caused innumerable faints among
brides. Why. sometimes, too—" the
florist United '"sometimes, too, the
groom has got a whiff of these flowers
and keejed over.
"Yes, orchids, beautiful and scent
less, ar& best for Easter brides, bou
quetP, and the best orchid for this pur-
it not so rare—would be
the 'dove" one.
"The 'dove , orchid grows on fallen
trees in the marshos of South America.
Its center precisely resembles a dove
in flight. It is of. a waxen white, with
lilac blotches. This orchid by the
Christian Indians is regarded as an
Easter flower of divine efficacy. They,
Igo so far as to kneel and pray be
Dr. J. M. Hicks of Los tAngeles is at
Dr. Rae Felt and wife of Eureka are
guests at the Palace.
A. E. Wllhams from Chicago Is stop
ping at the Baldwin.
J. C. Miller, banker from Denver,
Colo., Is at the Bellevue.
E. H. McDonald, a mining man of
Spokane, is at the Sutter.
Mr. and Mrs. P. A. Field of Boston
aro registered at the Palace.
A. B. Levy, a merchant of 'Williams - ,
and Mrs. are at the Sutter.
K. W. Carter, a mining- man of Med
ford. Is stopping at the Manx.
Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Jones from Seat
tle are stopping at the Columbia.
Allen Beebe, a ship owner of Van
couver, B. C is at the Bellevue.
Charles L.. Lock, a retired capitalist
of Oroville, Is staying at the Sutter.
TJ. Ij. Ferral, who has large lumber
interests at McCloud, Is at the Manx.
S. B. Grady, a business man from
Tonopah, i« stopping at the Columbia.
Dr. M. Marshall, a prominent resident
of Eureka, is registered at the Dale.
Herbert V. Keeling, an attorney of
Lnkoport. Is a guest at the St. Francis.
l>. J. Rocce, publisher of Free Press
at Ventura, is a guest at the Argonaut.
H. A. Storhes, an attorney, from Mnnt
clalr, N. J., is a guest at the Bellevue.
H. McDonald, stopping at the Dale, is
a well known merchant of Santa Rosa.
Georsre T. Foyes, a business man of
Medford, and Mrs. Foyes are at the
J. W. Biscoe, from Bakersflpld, a
prominent oilman, is registered at the
B. Rolando of Nome, Alaska, a prom
inent mining- man, is stopping at the
Mr. and Mrs. F. W. "Wyman and Miss
H. R. Oodfrey of Boston are at the
C. E. Turner, a dealer In electrical
supplies at Marysville, is registered at
P. B. Chisim. politician, hotel owner
and rancher of Santa Cruz, is a guest
at the Stewart.
P. If. owner of a wholesale
fruit and products house at Portland,
is at the St. Francis.
Ralph B. and Robert D. Bardwell.
manufacturers of Pittsfield, Mass., are
staying- at the St. Francis.
Archibald .*. Young, owner of three
hotels In Honolulu, is at tlie Stewart.
Mr. Yoi;i:e is here for his health.
J. C. McDonald o* Vancouver. B. C,
is a Ruest at the Fairmont. William
R. Iledse of Plymouth, Mass., is at the
Jolin N. Drummond, a Los Angelas
promote* , , who was ;it the Palace. l<»ft
here yesterday in his automobile for
the southern city.
Dr. K. A. Steiner, Immigration expert
from Guinnell university, la., who is
here to attend the session of the im
migration congress, is a guest at the
.St. Francis with Mrs. Steiner.
R. B. McCoy, a retired capitalist of
Clinton, lα., Mrs. Clinton and the Misses
Clinton. K. Thuden and Morenzo Peter
sen, who have been spending the win
ter in the southern part of the state,
are at the St. Francis.
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IWnry J. Black of Mxincle, Tnd., who
has been traveling over the Pacific
coast, says that since the floods back
in his ?>tate he has changed his mind
about going; back and that he purposes
to settle out here In the west. Mr.
Black, who is at the Sutter, said:
"I came out here on a sightseeing
trip, but fell in love with the country,
and since the floods back home I have
decided to make my home out here. T
like the northwest, too. but California
has struck rr.y eye. The climate and
soil have attracted me to California.
It is a wonder to me that you have any
vacant land left at all."
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William Downs, a business man of
Vancouver, who is at the Manx, says
that the people of Vancouver are very
much disappointed over the vetoing of
the Columbia bridge bill. Mr. Downs
"The citizens of Vancouver have not
yet recovered from their disappoint
ment of having the proposed $1,500,000
bridge over the Columbia river vetoed
by Governor Lister. The county had
its heart set on the bridge and every
body was confident the governor would
authorize the half million dollar appro
priation by the state toward the build
ing of the span. As you might imagine,
Governor Lister would not poll a very
heavy vote just now in the county were
he to run for an office."
"Just What Difference Will
An Answer Book Make to Me"
So Writes a Contestant; And This Is the
Difference It Will Make:
If you have an Answer Bopk:
1. You will require only one copy of each picture, no matter though you
make 10 different answers to each picture.
2. You will have a compact set of answer?, easy to carry around, and easy
to put into your pocket or handbag.
3. You will be freed from the bother of chasing separate pictures around
4. You will not have to take any more pains with your set, in handing
it in, than merely to write your name and address on the last page of the
Answer Book before wrapping it up.
If 3"ou do not have an Answer Book:
1. You must secure a separate picture, with itfl coupon, on which
submit each answer you make. If you make an average of six answers to each
picture, you will have to secure 6 times 77, or 462 pictures, with their coupons.
They co>t 5 cents each.
2. You will have a bulky and bulgy set of pictures, hard to manage,
hard to keep in their proper order.
3. You will spend a considerable portion of your time pursuing escape*
pictures around the house. Every time any one opens a door or window i
will mean another search under chair, tables, the lounge, etc., for vagrant
4. When getting ready to hand in your set, you will have to write jW U"
name and address on each coupon, for fear that the pictures will get scattered
while they are being checked over. In this process of checking, with thou
| sands of sets being handled, one set is apt to be dropped, its bindings broken
open, and the pictures scattered around over the floor.
Also, the pictures' will have to be bound together at the tops in some wav,
either by tying the mtogether with thread or string, pasting them together,
or in some other way.
These are the differences the Answer Book will make.
Think them over.
ANSWERS TO QUERIES
The Answer Book circles are printed on their proper page*.
Probably a full month will be granted after the appearance of the seventy
seventh picture before the sets of answers will be called for. That will give
plenty of time to finish solving the final pictures, etc.
Question: In arriving at an answer, can one rely on a picture being
drawn to distinguish it from "possible , ' answers?
AnsAver: No. Understand that the person selecting a title to be repre
sented by a picture does not take into consideration any other title in the
catalog—except to make sure that the title has not already been selected. \
title is picked out and the artist is told to draw a certain picture. The title
is not compared with other titles in the catalog. There is, in fact, very little
detail work in the pictures.
Indian in picture No. 22 is of no particular tribe. Just as Indian.
A contestant wants to know, in connection with picture No. 22, if a falling
arrow was not a threat of war in early days. The Contest Editor does not
know, and assures the contestant that she will not be expected to have any
such knowledge. No picture has any such obscure meaning to it.
If one family at one address sent more than one prize winning set, the set
qualifying for highest prize would be accepted. The others would be dis
The Call's Daily Short Story
A WIDOW AND A HORSE
had been a widower for several years
when the event took place.
Elder Parker did not countenance
dancing. He looked upon a fiddle as
an Invention of satan. He arguod that
no man should go beyond a single glass
of sweet cider. He classed checkers es
gambling. Hβ thought a candy pull
the beginning , of the downward road.
When a h»oy sat on the steps of the
church and whistled a topical air the
elder chased and caned him.
It was the elder's severity In one
direction and his laxity in another that
puzzlPd people. He owned and drove
the fastest stepping horse in the town.
When out on the road he passed every
thing , on four legs. They said it was
far worse to own a trotting horse than
it wns to go to a candy pull and kiss
the girls, but the e'der refused to argue
"What was the matter With the good
man. although he himself did not sus
pect It, was that away bark among his
ancestors —clear back to Miles Standlsh
and perhaps to William the Conqueror —
was a game old sport who couldn't be
bluffed. A drop or two of his blood
had come along down to the elder. It
made him a horse sport. He could ke**p
his trotter off the racetrack, but he
couldn't hold him on the road.
The Widow Holmes was n new
comer. She had a farm about two
miles from town and she drove in about
twice a week on errand«. The horse
slio drove was a hay gelding, 6 years
old. with a whito star in his face, and
h< 5 had a knee motion to beat ihe band.
When the widow came to town slie
was not annoyofl by men prizing at her.
Her horse occupied an their attention.
Tt happened just at this time that
Elder Parker had to make a journ«v to
Wisconsin and stay of some weks.
but he heard about the widow and her
horse. In fart, he was told that die
might an well sell his stepper for the
best price he could get. for he was no
longer king of the highway.
"Oh, he isn"t, eh?" sniffed the elder
when he read the letter. "Got a new
widow and a new horse, have th^y?"
The drop of the sporting blood was
waking up. It caused the elder to cut
short his visit by several days, though
he wouldn't have owned it even to him
self for $100. It was one of his fellow
church members that said to him when
he returned home:
"Y\>ll. elder, we are all anxiously
To hear about the west?" was
"Oh. no. We want to see which Is
thf> best horse."
"How do you menu""
'"There are those who say that you
must keep off the lied .Bridge road or
you will have to swallow the dust of a
better horse." •
"Brother Barmalee. do you take me
for a jockey?" was demanded.
"Of course not, but you have been
driving the fastest horse in the country
"And what if T have, sir?"
"And what if I continue to drive the
fastest horse In the country?"
There waa no reply to that, but It
was generally agreed that the question
of speed would be settled before many
ttgye; that is, no one knew what the
Widow Holmes would do, but she didn't
look like a woman who would permit
anybody to raise a cloud of dust in
front of her.
After he had been at home three cr
four days the elder began to jog his
horse, but on another road. The horse
wanted limbering up. but if not to beat
the widow's horse for, what then?
One morning the good man was seen
to take the R*d Bridge w»ad. Not a
word did he say and not a look did he
look, but a hundred men realized what
was on the tapis. It was one of the
days when the widow was sure to come
to town. In wagons, buggies and en
foot the men began to stream out.
By and by the elder came jogging
back from up the road.
"Hey, elder, is there going to be a
"Race? Race?" he queried as he
The look on the good man's face was
childlike and bland when lie turned
about and jogged the other way, and
there was a Low murmuring of the
crowd. The wfeow's rig was in sight
far away. The elder had gone up the
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-Hβ passed and then turned about. Sl
Reined clown and pot a firmer grip on
the lines, shied a hit to the left to give
him a fair half of the road, and his
stepper came trotting up. No word
was given to go. hut for 30 rods it was
an even race. Then the elder's horse
began to gain and his owner began tr»
chuckle. He had opened up a spa r> e of
50 feet when the widow uttered a cluck
like a pullet. The gap was closed in
five seconds and in another five the
lead had chang-ed. When the mile tM
up the elder was way back in the dust
"You see," he said when he art W
addressing both the crowd and the
widow, "It takes a mile or so to warm
this horse up."
Mrs. Holmes bowed and turned her
rig about and trotted bark to the
starting point. The elder had cot fi-o
bit in his mouth as well as his bnr-- - «
and principle? were a forcrotton
for the moment. It was a fair start.
but he wasn't In it. In the mile he was
bpaten ten lengths.
The next day be wj»« a eel!*" , ° f '' «
widow's farm. Her horse couldn't
bought nor dickered for, but he foir i
the woman pleasant and genial. Hβ
came again and again, alwnvs having
the horse as an excuse, and in thi
course of time It began to be talked
about that courting was going on. It
was something so near like that
of bliss that the widow found oppor
tunity to say:
"If T ever marry aeraln the horse gn<>q
to my husband. I shall part with him
in no other way."
The elder wanted time to think the
matter over. Having firmly made no
his mind the good man bird himself
out to the farm to make his d<-<
tion. He found himself up against it
"If we wore going to be married t
should wish the event to fake place on
the 10th of November, which is my
"Perfectly agreeable, my dear—per
"And go to New York city upon th»
"Also satisfactory—very satisfac
"But. you see. the county fair tak- 3
place in October."
"And you don't believe in hor*g
"But what has the county fair or
horse racing to do with u«?"
"That's it. Twelve of us horse Atorn-J
ers have chipped in $25 each,
best two In throe horse takes the
purse. My hired man is to dri\e
"It must rot be—it must not!" re
plied the elder.
'It is to be and will!"
"Then it parts us!"
'So be it!"
The elder went away and thought
and sulked for 10 days, and then the
sunshine came to him. He went bacK
to the widow to ask:
"Do you think your horse stands a
good chance to win?"
"He'll win for sure."
"And you are going to bet he will?"
"I'm going to bet $200."
"Urn! Urn! I won't say that I won't
be at the county fair."
"And I 'may see the horse races."
"And if I wager anything It will be
"Take my word for it you'll win."
The elder was. at the fair. He was
at the races. Not only that, but he
dumfounded a hundred people by his
■wagers on the widow's horse. Hβ
had $600 to pull down when Robin was
returned a winner. He went right
from the fair grounds to the home of
his minister and said:
"Parson. I'm going to marry the
"She's got a nice horse."
"I've heard so."
"He was in the races today."
"I won $600 on him."
'Mprn! Uml I'm!"
And now here's a hundred on your
back salary: here's another hundred "<>
finish the spire of the church; h«-0 n
fifty for a coat of paint, and her* 1 J
fifty more toward the pew cushions. I
have divided fairly with the Lor^'"
And as the elder backed the
study he heard the parson say.
"Three hundred, eh? Urn! Urn! I'm!